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UGANDA - Country Guide

Uganda can be visited at any time of the year.  However, different seasons are advised for various activities.  During the long dry season between June and September, when the ground is dryer and dirt roads are more accessible, it is the best time for tracking gorillas.  For photography enthusiasts, the rainy season brings greener scenery and less haze and is also the best time to track Chimpanzees in Kibale Forest National Park.  November to March is renowned as the best period for bird watching, as resident birds are accompanied by flocks of migrant species.
The main entry point for flights into Uganda is Entebbe International Airport located near the town Entebbe, about 46km/29mi from the capital, Kampala.  Airlines serving Uganda includes Egypt Air, Emirates, Ethiopian Airlines, Kenya Airways, SAA and Turkish Airlines. There are no direct flights to Uganda from the UK or USA.
Most passport holders require an entry visa for Uganda.  Visas can be obtained from the Uganda High Commission or online (using the e-Visa system) – cost US$50.00 for a single entry visa.  People who also visa Rwanda and Kenya can apply for an East Africa cross-border joint visa, which allow entry to all these countries on a single visa – cost US$100.00.
Yellow Fever IS compulsory for entering Uganda - an international health certificate showing proof of vaccination is required.
Yellow Fever IS compulsory for entering Uganda - an international health certificate showing proof of vaccination is required.
Other recommended vaccines and medicines for Uganda include Hepatitis A&B, Malaria, Typhoid, Cholera, Meningitis and Rabies.

Crime levels are relatively low in Uganda, although tourists should be alert to bag snatching and incidents of petty theft. You should take sensible precautions, i.e. exercise caution when walking at night, arrange transport, do not carry large amounts of money and do not leave cars unsupervised in the town centre.
There is no clear principle on tipping in Uganda, but the most staff in the bigger hotels have come to expect it, as have guides and trackers. A general rule is to tip 10% in restaurants if you feel inclined and tip guides and trackers US$10 per day.
Ugandan cuisine draws on English, Arab and Asian – especially Indian –influences and users local products including plantains, sweet potatoes, corn, beans and cassava. Traditional foods include ugali (solidified maize meal porridge) served with a stew of groundnuts (peanuts), beans, chicken or meat such as beef, goat or mutton.  Drink bottled or boiled and filtered water for your safety.
Gorilla track gear:  Good hiking boots (waterproof) as you will climb up a volcano.  Rain gear or at least rain pants, as you will enter the rainforest on the mountain.  Leather palm gloves to protect your hands against the many stinging nettle plants.  Zip-off hiking pants worked great; they don’t pick up briars and nettles as jeans do and they dry quickly.  If you have nice camera equipment, this is the time to bring it along.
Bring long skirts and long pants, walking sandals and hiking boots, short and long-sleeved blouses.  You can have your clothes laundered and pressed for a few dollars at hotels.
We highly recommend that you take out adequate travel insurance for the duration of your holiday for peace of mind and to avoid the high costs related to medical emergencies!
The official currency is the Uganda Shilling (UGX), however US Dollars, Euro & Pound Sterling are all recognised in Uganda. MasterCard and Visa credit cards are accepted but not widely used. Some large hotels, restaurants and shops in urban areas accept credit cards. ATM's are available in the larger cities like Kampala and Entebbe.
Uganda is a multilingual country.  English and Swahili are official languages.

Ethnic groups:
Uganda has 17 tribes.  With four major ethnic groups:  Bantu, Nilotic, Pygmies, and the Sudanese group.

Uganda is a religiously diverse nation with Christianity and Islam being the most widely professed religions.
Import regulations:
Allowed free import by passengers of 18 years of age and over:
  • 250 grams of tobacco products;
  • 1 Liter of spirits (including liquors) and 1 litre of wine;
  • 1 Pint of perfume and eau de toilette, of which not more than one-quarter of a pint may be perfume;
  • Personal effects up to a value of max. USD 500.
  • Foreign currency: Unlimited, provided declared on arrival.
Importing (including transit) of domestic and wild birds and their products from countries affected by bird flu.  Meat and meat products or any product from domestic or wild poultry must be declared and destroyed.
It is polite and advisable to ask permission before photographing people. Photographs should not be taken of people or religious ceremonies without their consent. Photography of the airport or strategic buildings, military installations and soldiers is STRICTLY PROHIBITED.
New Years Day1 Jan        01 Jan
NRM Liberation Day26 Jan        26 Jan
Archbishop Janani Luwum Day16 Feb        16 Feb
Womens Day8 Mar        10 Mar
Good Friday30 Mar        19 Apr
Easter Monday2 Apr        22 Apr
Labor Day1 May        01 May
Martyr's Day3 Jun        03 Jun
National Heroes Day9 Jun        05 Jun
Eid-Ul-Fitr (End of Ramadan)15 Jun        09 Jun
Fiest of the sacrifice22 Aug        12 Aug
Independence Day9 Oct        09 Oct
Chrstmas Day25 Dec        25 Dec
Boxing Day26 Dec        26 Dec


Uganda Packages

U1: Gorilla and Chimpanzee Safari

Highlights:  Gorilla & Chimpanzee Trekking
Duration:  8 Days / 7 Nights
Date:  July, Aug & Sept 2020

U2: Rwanda / Uganda Gorilla Trekking

Highlights:  Gorilla Trekking
Duration:  4 Days / 3 Nights
Date:  Jul, August & Sept 2020

U3: Best of Uganda

Highlights:  Murchison Falls / Chimp and Gorilla Trekking
Duration:  10 Days / 9 Nights
Date:  Private Safari


U4: Birding, Chimpanzee and Gorilla Safari

Highlights:  Mabamba Swamp / Kibale NP / Bwindi NP
Duration:  10 Days / 9 Night
Date:  Private Safari

U5: Rwenzori Climb (Kilembe Trail)

Highlights:  Margherita Peak
Duration:  12 Days / 11 Nights
Climb:  8 Days
Date:  Private Climb

U6: Gorilla and Wildwaters Safari

Highlights:  Gorilla Trekking / Source of the Nile
Duration:  7 Days / 6 Nights
Date:  Private Safari


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